Individuals employed in all public schools as county superintendent of education, city superintendent of schools, assistant superintendent, supervisor, principal, teacher or attendance officer shall hold a certificate issued by the State Superintendent of Education. Ala. Code§16-23-1 (1975).
The instruction in all private schools registered by the Alabama State Department of Education shall be by persons holding certificates issued by the State Superintendent of Education. Ala. Code§16-28-1 (1975).
The $30.00 application fee covers the cost of processing and reviewing the application, and of the issuance of one Alabama certificate. If it is determined that an applicant is eligible for more than one certificate, a $30.00 fee is requested for the issuance of each additional certificate. Application fees are non-refundable.
Individuals who complete programs at institutions outside of Alabama and wish to obtain Alabama certification must, in part, present a valid professional certificate in which Alabama offers comparable certification. An applicant must also meet background clearance, test, and any experiential requirements.
Individuals applying on the basic of certificate reciprocity must submit a valid professional certificate issued by another state, U.S. Territory, District of Columbia, or DoDEA. Applicants must also meet background clearance, test, and any experiential requirements.
Eligibility determinations are not made until a complete application packet has been received in this office and reviewed by a specialist.
Early Childhood Special Education P(Preschool)-grade 3
Special Education P-12:
o Emotional Disturbance
o Hearing Impairment
o Mental Retardation
o Mild Learning/Behavior Disabilities
o Mild Learning Disabilities
o Multiple Disabilities
o Orthopedic and Other Health Impairment
o Severe Multiple Disabilities
o Specific Learning Disability
o Speech or Language Impairment
o Visual Impairment
*Collaborative Special Education Teacher K-6
*Collaborative Special Education Teacher 6-12
*Collaborative Special Education Teacher includes all special education exceptionalities other than the sensory impairments and the gifted.
The grade levels are:
Early Childhood Preschool-grade 3
Middle School 4-8
Alabama does not transfer in Highly Qualified Teacher status. The passing scores on core academic subject area tests that are required for the issuance of Alabama certificates also result in Highly Qualified Teacher status. In a case where a core academic subject area test is not available (e.g. dance), an applicant may meet Highly Qualified Teacher status through an option provided in the Alabama Model For Identifying Highly Qualified Teachers or through the High Objective Uniform State Standards of Evaluation (HOUSSE) option.
Your certificate must be in an instructional support area for which Alabama offers comparable certification. In Alabama, the instructional support areas are educational administrator, principal, library media specialist, school counselor, school psychologist, school psychometrist, sport manager, superintendent, supervisor, and career and technical administrator.
Certification in instructional support areas is based on “certificate and experience reciprocity.” Experience requirements are outlined and defined in the summary entitled Certification Based on Valid Professional Certificates Issued by Other States, U.S. Territories, the District of Columbia or The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).
You may contact officials in the college of education at an Alabama university regarding the requirements of their Class A Instructional Leader program. Once you are unconditionally admitted to that program, an employing Alabama superintendent who wishes to hire you as principal may request a Special Alternative Certificate for you.
An individual who holds an Alabama certificate, is employed in an Alabama public school system, and holds an advanced degree earned from a regionally accredited institution at a level higher than that of the Alabama certificate, may pursue the Verification of Higher Degree process (for purposes of salary at the higher degree level) through the office of the employing superintendent.
Alabama certificates are valid for five years (with a beginning date of July 1st and an ending date of June 30th).
An employing superintendent or nonpublic school administrator, at his or her discretion, may request a one-year Emergency Certificate on behalf of an applicant who holds a degree from a senior institution that was regionally accredited at the time the degree was earned.
Your file will be released to a teacher certification specialist for review once your background clearance, application form, fee, and Alabama Form CER or original certificate from outside of Alabama have been received. Files are reviewed by the specialist in the order of the date received. Delays in receiving materials (transcripts, forms, etc.) result in a delay in the determination of eligibility for certification.
Only the Basic Skills Assessments of the Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program apply to Alabama certificate issuance.
Only Alabama-approved Praxis II subject assessments as required by the Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program in effect on the date of application apply to Alabama certificate issuance.
Do not send paper score reports; they cannot be accepted.
Official Praxis II score reports must be received via electronic transmission from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Please note that Praxis test scores are valid and reportable for 10 years from the date a test is taken. Additional information regarding the testing program may be found in the summary entitled General Information Regarding Alabama Teacher Certification for additional information.